I ran into Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Andres Cardenes at the Pittsburgh Opera over the weekend (doesn't that just sound like the way an arts scene should work!). He was there and not with the PSO in Morgantown because he is still recovering from shoulder surgery. I am sure to some who read that Cardenes will leave the orchestra after next season thought he was already gone. But he will be back in about a month, and he said the surgery was completely successful. Let's hope he heals perfectly and we have a great last season with him.
I asked, but of course, he didn't comment on the PSO canceling of its/his Chamber Orchestra series -- not that I expected he would -- but I could tell it was killing him. My question is why the PSO wouldn't just do the series at Heinz Hall. There they wouldn't have to pay for the hall. They lose the outreach aspect of going to the Oakland community (or Squirrel Hill before that), but at least we would have that different and smaller-sized repertoire and the musicians would get the opportunity to perform it.